Agape Healthcare Staffing, Inc. Becomes Agape Recruiting, Inc.


Carlsbad, CA – Kevin Thon, the spokesperson for Agape Healthcare Staffing, Inc., announced recently that the company has officially changed its name to Agape Recruiting, Inc. as of March 28, 2016.

Mr. Thon explained that the new name would reflect the evolving focus and standards of the company, adding, “We are a recruiting firm specializing in the permanent placement of senior living professionals within CCRCs, SNFs, Assisted Living, etc., not to be confused with registry or a temporary-staffing agency.”

Founded in 2010, Agape Recruiting, Inc. has made hundreds of placements for LeadingAge members not only in California, but nationwide. Having moved their client base to mostly non-profit organizations, Agape Recruiting, Inc. feels confident they are making a difference in senior living by providing top-tier organizations focused on resident care, with the professionals who truly want to make a difference in their field.

Mr. Thon also added, “We are excited about our new name change, and look forward to receiving feedback from our clients & friends within LeadingAge.”

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Orange County’s Rowntree Gardens Senior Living: Historic 50th Anniversary & Completion of Major Reinvestment Project

By Jason Sherman:

Orange County’s Rowntree Gardens Senior Living Celebrates Historic 50th Anniversary & Completion of Major Reinvestment Project with Oct. 1 Event

rowntree-50thDecades of Devotion Celebration event included ribbon cutting, hosts radio personality Tim Conway Jr. and baseball icon Steve Garvey, tributes to nine long-serving staff, and much more.

2015 marks 50 years that thousands of Orange County seniors have called not-for-profit Rowntree Gardens Senior Living, an inviting, compassionate and caring home. October was also the month that Rowntree Gardens completed its biggest structural improvement/reinvestment since its founding. The organization marked these very special occasions with a major event – the “Decades of Devotion” celebration.

The invitation-only celebration was hosted by popular radio personality Tim Conway Jr., who introduced honorees, and legendary baseball icon Steve Garvey. Both gentlemen met with and sign autographs for guests.

rowntree2Designed to celebrate the past and embrace the future, the event honored several Rowntree Gardens’ staff who have dedicated most of their professional careers – all more than 20 years and a few more than 40 years – to serving the organization and its senior community members.

“Staff commitment, compassion and sincere caring are hallmarks of Rowntree Gardens,” stated CEO and Board Chair Randy Brown. “The average tenure of our staff is 13 years. Most of our community members consider our folks extended family and friends.”

The Decades of Devotion Celebration happened October 1 from 12-3 p.m., at Rowntree Gardens at 12151 Dale Street, in Stanton.

Elder Care Alliance Promotes Adriene Iverson to President and CEO

296c013Elder Care Alliance in Alameda recently announced the promotion of Interim Chief Adriene Iverson to president and CEO in September. Iverson served as interim president and CEO since April 3. She brings over 20 years of leadership experience in the nonprofit field.

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The Samarkand Welcomes New Healthcare Administrator

Janice Connelly_The Samarkand HC AdminstratorContact: Wendy D’Alessandro

 SANTA BARBARA, Calif. – Janice Connelly has been named healthcare administrator at The Samarkand, a faith-based, non-profit continuing care retirement community operated by Covenant Retirement Communities. She will report to Executive Director Ruth Grande.

Connelly will direct and coordinate the daily operations at the senior living community’s 63-bed skilled nursing center. She directs a staff of 103.

Connelly has worked in the senior living industry for nearly 20 years. She came to The Samarkand after an award-winning tenure as executive director at Villa Maria Healthcare Center, Santa Maria, Calif. She also served as executive director at Arbor View Retirement Community, Santa Maria, and as administrator at Mission Gardens Skilled Care, Lompoc, Calif.

Ms. Connelly earned a Bachelor of Science degree in healthcare administration from California State University of Long Beach and attended Western State University of Law, Irvine, Calif.

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Covenant Village of Turlock Maintains Highest Rating from U.S. News & World Report

Contact: Wendy D’Alessandro

TURLOCK, Calif. – Covenant Village Care Center, the skilled nursing center at Covenant Village of Turlock, received five stars, the highest possible overall rating, in U.S. News & World Report’s seventh annual Best Nursing Homes.

Out of almost 16,000 nursing centers covered nationwide, the ratings highlight the top providers in each city and state. The goal is to help users find a skilled nursing center with a strong track record of good care. In California, about 32 percent of all nursing homes received an overall five-star rating from the federal Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services.

“Maintaining our five-star rating and three zero deficiency-free surveys reflects our staff’s continued commitment to providing quality skilled nursing care in a safe, compassionate environment,” said Darla Lorenzen, health care administrator at Covenant Village of Turlock. “We are proud we continue to be a trusted source of skilled care for our campus and the Central Valley community and I am honored to work with such a great team.”

Best Nursing Homes draws on CMS data in three categories – health inspections, level of nurse staffing, and quality of care – and gives each an overall rating. U.S. News awarded the “Best Nursing Home” designation to nursing centers that earned an overall rating of five stars from CMS in January 2015.

In the new ratings, the share of nursing homes with an overall rating of five stars decreased to 21.7 percent, down from 24.9 percent last year. The decrease is the result of recent changes implemented by CMS to bolster the federal rating system.

“Finding the right place for an elderly loved one is a challenge millions of Americans face each year,” said Brian Kelly, editor and chief content officer of U.S. News. “We hope our Best Nursing Homes ratings, advice and tools help them navigate this important decision.”

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Terri Cunliffe Named CEO of Covenant Retirement Communities, Inc.

cunliffeContact: Wendy D’Alessandro

Covenant Retirement Communities (CRC) recently named Terri Cunliffe as its chief executive officer, effective June 1, 2015. Ms. Cunliffe, who has served as CRC’s COO since 2010 and has been part of the organization for more than 25 years, succeeds current CEO Rick Fisk.
Beginning her career as a nursing home part-time receptionist, she has held a series of progressive leadership roles within CRC, including nursing home administrator and executive director at Covenant Village of Florida.
Ms. Cunliffe earned a Bachelor of Science degree in long-term care administration from the University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, Minn. and a master’s degree in health services administration from Nova Southeastern University, Fort Lauderdale, Fla.

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The Samarkand Appoints Jessica Briceño Dining Services Director

Ruth Grande,
Wendy D’Alessandro,

bricenoThe Samarkand in Santa Barbara recently appointed Jessica Briceño as their new Dining Services Director. In her new role, Briceño will oversee all food and beverage operations at the community. She will also manage the Samarkand’s catering.

Briceño has a long history in the hospitality industry, working in the field for more than a decade. She previously served as the food and beverage manager at Ojai Valley Inn and Spa, where she was recognized as Manager of the Year. She also worked for Four Seasons Hotels and Resorts at several locations, including Venezuela, Texas and Hawaii, and was general manager of Pangea Bistro in West Palm Beach, Fla.

She is a graduate of Nueva Esparta University in Caracas, Venezuela, where she received a Bachelor’s degree in business administration in the tourism industry.

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